Everything you need to host the ultimate dinner party
But don’t blame us if your pals never want to leave your house…
words Eve Walker
Everyone’s favourite friend is the friend who’s love language is food. Even better, is the friend who lives for hosting too. With the right preparation, you can be this top-tier pal; the host with the most; the group’s very own Monica from Friends; a Blair Waldorf among Gossip Girls.
To ensure a smooth and sumptuous night of feasting, you’ll want to have your table decor nicely set up for your guests’ arrival. Not only will this keep you from running around like a headless chicken trying to set up the table around your guests, but it sets a calming tone for the night. Think hygge – the Danish word for feelings of cosiness, comfortability and wellness while enjoying good conversation with good people.
From linen napkins to colourful water jugs, here’s all the best bits to become the super host you always wanted to be.
+ LOW Set of Four Marble-Effect Recycled Plastic Coasters
Digital bottle shop LOW has collaborated up with creative platform Space Available to create these gorgeous coasters to protect your table and liven up your spread. Made from recycled household plastic, these marble-effect coasters are all artisanally made – each is one of a kind. This product belongs to the Small World collection, part of MR PORTER’S global edit of brands that celebrate people. Every piece adheres to the Craftsmanship Code.
Set of Two 18cm Glass Fruit Plates
These gorgeous glass fruit plates allow sunlight to pour through them, throwing pretty patterns onto your table as they reflect rays of light with their smooth ridges. Crafted in Italy, these will make you feel like you’re in a warm Sicilian dining room, serving fresh fruit from the garden even if you’re in a small flat share in London with produce from Aldi.
Palm Tree Ceramic Candle Holder
If you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you with this palm tree candle holder. If you prefer kitsch designs over traditional tableware, look no further. Fun, colourful, and super cute, this is a welcome addition to any table to add a splash of playfulness with romantic candlelight.
SUPPORT A SMALL BUSINESS
This set of two placemats are made from 100% cotton and finished with gorgeous scalloped edges, a folded hem and top stitching. All their designs are crafted by independent surface designers, who all receive a commission of every sale. Support an independent designer while creating the dining table spread of your dreams.
WATER TO WINE
Wave Contrast Handle Glass Pitcher 1.2L
This quirky jug is sure to make water taste even better than wine. Or, of course, you could fill it with wine… French-American designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen is on a mission to bring beauty to the seemingly mundane objects. Who says functionality has to equal boring? The wavy handle and tinted glass make this a real gem – oh, and it’s dishwasher safe!
OKAY I LIKE IT, PICASSO
Strøm Large Earthenware Bowl
Danish artist Nicholai Wiig-Hansen designed these beauties. Inspired by 20th century Cubism, these geometric earthenware bowls are handmade, and look like something straight out of a Picasso painting. These are good as a fruit bowl or just as a sculpture to make any space more interesting.
Plastic Recycled Vase
Space Available upcycles what would have been trash into funky furnishings. Woven by hand from recycled plastics, this vase can be filled with equally colourful flowers. Locally made, these are also part of MR PORTER’s global edit of brands celebrating people, ensuring they adhere to principles of their Craftsmanship Code.
GETTING JUGGY WITH IT
Splattered Stoneware Jug
This jug is ideal for brightening up your home. Hand-splattered with blue and yellow, crafted out of durable stoneware in Italy, this will make you want to keep hydrated. As is the nature of handmade items, each is one of a kind and so will slightly differ from the picture.
REUSABLE AND AFFORDABLE
At just £5.21 for two napkins, with the option to buy more and save while you do, these give a shabby chic look to any table. Made from 100% stonewashed organic cotton, pick one of the many gorgeous colours available. From sage green to rust brown to teal blue, there’s a colour for everyone’s palette.
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